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In the spirit of the highly popular UV filter poll, I realized we need another poll for hoods.
The UV filter thread concluded that some image quality is indeed sacrificed in some situations by UV filter usage, but that the front element is safe from harm, as UV filters apperently have magical characteristics that will absorb heavy impacts.
Opposite to UV filters, I almost always use hoods on my lenses. The only time I don't is for flash photography. Unlike UV filters, I feel hoods actually increases the image quality, reduces flare and increases contrast. I don't know if hoods have the same magical powers of shock absorbation as UV filters, as I usually don't drop any of my gear, but I'm sure you have stories to tell.
So what are your thoughts?